Thomas R. Smith
Thomas R. Smith was born in 1948 and grew up in Cornell, Wisconsin, a small paper mill town on the Chippewa River. For the past ten years he has lived in River Falls, Wisconsin, with his wife, Krista Spieler.
A respected poet, essayist, and editor, his work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies in the U.S., Canada, and abroad. His poems were included in Editor's Choice II (The Spirit That Moves Us Press), a selection of the best of the American small press, and in The Best American Poetry 1999 (Scribner). Garrison Keillor has featured his poetry on his national public radio show Writer's Almanac. He is author of four previous books of poems, Keeping the Star (New Rivers Press, 1988), Horse of Earth (Holy Cow! Press, 1994), The Dark Indigo Current (Holy Cow! Press, 2000), and Winter Hours (Red Dragonﬂy Press, 2005).
His poetry criticism has appeared in the Pioneer Press, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Great River Review, Ruminator Review, and other periodicals. He teaches poetry at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis.
Red Dragonfly Press books by Thomas R. Smith
• The Foot of the Rainbow (2010)
• Waking Before Dawn (2007)
• Winter Hours (2005)
• The North Country